Whether you’re starting a new website or want to move from your current hosting provider, Black Friday is THE BEST time to buy a purchase. During this period (till Cyber Monday), companies across the world compete to get new customers offering heavy discounts on their products. Below I’ve compiled the top Black Friday web hosting deals for you in 2021. Enjoy!
Before you get all the web hosting sales details, here are some tips to make the most of the offerts:
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Before I share the specific deals, here are some tips to make the most of the sale.
1. If you’re a beginner, buy a shared hosting: Starting a website for the first time? Then go with a shared hosting where your server might also house dozens of other websites. Sure this might mean compromising on performance, but it will be cheap and easy to get started with.
2. Think long-term: Trying to minimize your upfront investment sounds about right. Just that all hosting companies inflate their renewal prices — sometimes by double or even more!
For instance, I have had a Siteground GrowBig account for a few years now. Its renewal price was at $162 in 2016:
And it has inflated to $300 (which is almost double) this year:
So have you made up your mind to work on your website for at least 2-3 years? Then don’t lose those precious dollars like me. If you can afford to spend more money upfront, it makes sense to lock a hosting company for 2 to 3 years.
The only drawbacks of buying a hosting for multiple years are:
- You end up not liking the hosting company’s services: Their customer service, user interface or knowledge base doesn’t satisfy your needs.
In such a scenario, you’ll get stuck with the current host so choosing the right hosting web company at the beginning is important. Some hosting companies may offer a 30-day money back guarantee (or prorated refunds) though, so keep an eye out while choosing your provider.
- Your site grows out of the current plan you buy: Especially if you’re on a shared hosting, this may mean subpar performance. Or you may end up spending on overage charges because you exceed the permissible traffic limits on your current plan.
This may not be a major problem because most hosting providers also offer high-performance cloud hosting plans. You can upgrade to a higher tier and ensure you get value for money.
Nevertheless these scenarios are rare and the opportunity to save on renewal costs is worth taking the risk of buying for multiple years.
3. Go for the best fit — even if it’s not the cheapest: Cheap web hosting plans could often lead to slow loading websites thereby negatively affecting your conversions. Worse, they can lead you to fail the Google’s Core Web Vitals (CWV), which are now a Google’s ranking factor.
Instead of simply buying the cheapest plan, consider your website’s and your personal requirements.
- Do you want to host multiple websites on a single server?
- Are you adept at dealing with complex hosting interfaces — without any technical support?
- Want top notch performance to grow your website quickly or is even decent performance going to do for now?
For Elite Content Marketer, I wanted a managed WordPress hosting provider that can deal with backups, security, and offer me great performance. So I chose to buy WPEngine hosting — even though it’s expensive.
Considering those factors, let’s look at the top Cyber Monday web hosting deals to save you those $$$.
Black Friday deal:
If you’re planning to start a new website, you’ll rarely get a cheaper offer than Bluehost — even more so during Black Friday. Their website pricing plans offer up to 75% off. This plan also comes with a free domain for the first year and a free SSL certificate.
They recently launched a Bluehost website builder, which makes building your WordPress site easy as a beginner.
Overall the hosting has an easy to use interface, great customer support, and a value for money pricing plans. If you’re hell bent on performance, then Bluehost may disappoint you. But their hosting renewal prices can jump steeply, so buy them for multiple years if you can.
Rochi has done a great job at thoroughly reviewing Bluehost, so you can check that out if you want a more thorough understanding of the hosting company.
Deal: 3 Months free hosting and 1 free website migration
Coupon validity: Until 25th November
I’ve been a GrowBig Siteground customer for a few years now. They offer a high-quality service with decent performance, helpful customer support, free custom emails, and an easy to use “Site Tools” dashboard to manage your site.
Their dashboard works nicely for WordPress website owners — even their support is well adept with WordPress. Indeed if you plan to host multiple websites, Siteground’s GrowBig plan can be value for money. I have been on this plan for over five years, though their renewal price has risen steeply over the years.
While they mention you can host infinite websites on their premium plans, note that they are limited by inode usage. So if your sites cross 25k visitors or cross a certain amount of storage, you’ll need to move away from their hosting — or upgrade to their pricer plans.
While not the cheapest, I have only occasionally run into problems with Siteground’s hosting services. Their support has also been helpful and responsive.
3. WP Engine
Black Friday deal: 5 months FREE on any annual shared plan at WP Engine
Coupon code: cyberweek2021
Coupon validity: November 22, 2021 to November 30, 2021
Offer conditions: Offer valid only for new customers purchasing a Startup, Growth, or Scale plan. Not valid for existing customers, upgrades, or any other product purchase.
EliteContentMarketer.com has been hosted on WPEngine since the beginning. It offers a managed hosting for WordPress site which takes daily backups, ensures top-notch security, and premium StudioPress themes to build your WordPress site.
They also offer responsive customer support over chat (which could be slow during holidays, by the way). On a few occasions, their tech team has timely checked my presented website’s issues through their administrator account.
With WPEngine I expected complete peace of mind with respect to my site’s performance and security so that I can focus on building a sustainable business — and I got that for the most part.
But WPEngine can become costly even on the top of their super expensive hosting plans. I have paid over $300 in overage charges because of traffic spikes on my website that exceeded their permissible visitors quota.
Their philosophy of “being a partner in your success” during these traffic spikes sounds all romantic until you get those heavy bills at the end of the month. I also don’t like the fact that I have to host my email separately and buy a domain from a separate domain provider.
Overall WPEngine may be worth it for website owners who either don’t want to meddle with any kind of tech — and are willing to pay a premium for the same. Or if your site sells premium products so that every visitor could be that much more valuable. You can check out our dedicated WP Engine review for a more thorough understanding of the hosting company.
Black Friday deal: 40% off for 4 months
Coupon validity: Till 30th November
Given how expensive WPEngine is, I’ve made up my mind to shift to Cloudways. They are a managed hosting service provider that offers a unique pay-as-you-go monthly pricing — no yearly commitments.
The company is able to offer superb performance because they get you cloud hosting on optimized servers. You can get started with hosting your site for as low as $10 per month with Cloudways on their DigitalOcean standard hosting plan.
They also offer a 3-day free trial without asking for your credit card details. And you get one free migration along with their plans.
As I want to work on my website’s Core Web Vitals and am focused on performance right now, I’m going for their high-frequency Vultr hosting which would work well for my website.
So if Cloudways is SO COOL, then is there a catch with their hosting?
Their dashboard could be too technical for beginners to deal with and their customer support can be a tad reliable.
So if you’re an advanced beginner who knows their way around hosting interfaces and wants superb performance at affordable cost, Cloudways will work well for you. Remember you may need to watch YouTube tutorials to fix technical issues you run into by yourself.
5. Liquid Web
Black Friday deal:
Want something more than a shared hosting? LiquidWeb is a serious business hosting offering a range of VPS, dedicated, and cloud hosting plans. They have stellar customer support as well claiming to connect you with a technical specialist within 59 seconds 24/7/365 over phone, chat, and their helpdesk.
Their reliability, security, and unrivaled performance comes at a premium price, though. Even their entry-level plans are relatively expensive compared with other web hosts.
If you own a storefront and plan to grow it, or run a business website with high traffic levels (where sensitive information is transmitted), LiquidWeb could make sense for your needs. They also have managed plans for WordPress and WooCommerce websites. And speciality hosting for web applications.
Oh and their plans don’t restrict you on the number of visitors. Plus you can avail free migration from other hosts. You can try their hosting services on their free 30-day trial.
Recommended reading: Nexcess Vs. Liquid Web
Black Friday deal:
Want to do your bit for the environment while buying a hosting? As their name suggests, GreenGeeks is a green energy host with competitive pricing.
For every account that’s provisioned on their platform, they plant a tree. Further they use eco-friendly data centers and servers. Their company has a 300% green energy match commitment — so they contribute triple of whatever they take out of the energy grid in the form of renewable energy credits.
But what about their performance and uptime?
It’s right up there with the best hosts in terms of its uptime and server response time.
On their Lite plan, they offer a free domain for the first year, free nightly backup, and 50 email accounts. They do have a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, but it’s not a full refund. You’ll have to still pay for the website migration (which was otherwise free), the setup, and add on fees.
Black Friday deal:
InMotion boasts having the most website transfers in the industry. And they offer shared, WordPress, VPS, and dedicated hosting. You get a free domain, unlimited email addresses, and 24/7 technical support on all of their plans. It also comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.
But how does their performance stack up? Well they deploy high-performance servers across datacenters. All of their plans are on Solid State Servers (SSDs), so you’ll see a reliably high performance with 99.9% uptime.
Even their “Core” shared hosting plan allows you to host two websites and their “Launch” plan onwards lets you host unlimited sites. But the minimum term for most of their starting plans is a year — only the Pro Plan with standard undiscounted price $27.99/month lets you buy on a monthly basis.
Another great bit about InMotion is they have taken strides to become an eco-friendly company since 2010, including reducing their carbon footprints in their data centers.
You can also read the detailed InMotion review by Rochi if you want to buy the company’s service during this hosting sale.
Black Friday deal:
Long ago in 2014, I started my first website and online career with Hostgator India’s hosting services. They were a cheap web hosting provider with a great reputation, and I ended up upgrading to their “Baby” plan to host multiple WordPress websites.
Even today, they offer the same plan one-click WordPress installs, unlimited websites, one free domain registration for one year, and unlimited emails. Their support is helpful and the uptime is reliable. They also offer a 45-day money back guarantee to evaluate their product. And you even get free site transfers. Their cpanel is easy to use, but you’ll need to manually take care of backups on the starting plans.
So what are the cons of Hostgator? The same reason I moved to Siteground within a year and a half of buying Hostgator — their performance isn’t the best in class. Indeed since being acquired by EIG in 2012, many users on the platform complain of server outrages and poor response times. So their affordability might mean a compromise on their price.